“A person must be big enough to admit their mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” Unknown
At first, I thought there is no need to add anything to this quote. It speaks volumes. The question I kept asking is why would someone not follow this advice?
The only answer I can determine is the most damaging to our leadership…PRIDE.
Pride prevents us from admitting our mistakes and, as a result, we will not profit from or correct them.
Admitting our mistakes is one of the most difficult areas of leadership. Yet, when we follow this advice, the result is powerful. Keep in mind…
1) Others know we make mistakes, whether we want to admit them or not.
2) A willingness to admit our mistakes is a foundation demonstrating a dependence upon God.
3) Relationships grow deeper in trust.
4) Personal growth strengthens our leadership.
The best part of the equation is the profit and correction resulting from such actions. Spiritual leaders will use the opportunity to benefit from and improve their ability to lead.